INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Dontay Moch of Nevada runs a drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Bengals linebacker Dontay Moch missed his rookie season with a broken foot and unrelenting migraines [Personal Note: I get migraines and I can say with experience how debilitating they can be]. And more recently reports surfaced that Moch will be suspended four games for testing positive on a banned substance, which he plans to appeal.
"He's been here for a year and he's making mistakes that he shouldn't be making," DC Mike Zimmer said. "He's sat in the meetings and heard stuff but that's not the best way for him to learn. He has to get out there and do it. He's behind schedule that way."
Moch is a third-round pick from the 2011 NFL draft, largely taken to become a pass rusher as an outside linebacker. With a possible exodus approaching with so many linebackers on the final year of their respective deals, Moch has a very real chance this year to slide into a starting role by next season. But he has to prove that he belongs sooner rather than later. Missing the first four games this year (and irritating your defensive coordinator) doesn't help.